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  1. Hey gang! I'll try not to be too long winded here (easier said than done for me), but some quick background info.... I only went on this cruise because of a last minute find online after the Cuba cruises were cancelled. I had gone on Dream on June 1 with family, and after I had been back home for a week or so I logged into the website to make sure my VIFP days had shown up, i clicked the find a cruise button to daydream about the next one, and lo and behold there it was... the recently changed 5 day itinerary of Sensation, just a few weeks out, for $70 plus taxes. Oh, and with a $100 OBC on top of it. Basically, just have to get to Miami. Sure. I can do that!! Because it was so last minute, I actually ended up going solo, which I've done before and don't mind at all. Some background - this was cruise 23 on Carnival for me, but my first on a Fantasy class since Imagination in 1996. I'd been on Ecstasy and Sensation respectively in 93 and 95, but since then it had been all Conquest or Dream class for me... with a couple asides on NCL Breakaway class (or is it Getaway?), RCI Voyager class, and Princess Grand class... so I was interested to see what it was like stepping back in time on the ol' purple lady... but at the same time, it was the Holiday and Fantasy classes that made me fall in love with cruising in the first place, so i'll always have a soft spot for those ships. Anyway, I'll try to mostly post pictures and not drone on and on with opinions, but in short: I had a great cruise. I've never experienced fewer lines, crowds, and the staff and fellow passengers were so laid back and happy! Weather was great, no glitches at all, and an all around awesome time. Wouldn't hesitate to sail on a Fantasy class again, not for a moment. Ah, airports! Where 5:45am booze or burgers isn't weird at all! The big fancy 777 I got for the way out was legit! Smooth sailing the whole way, comfortable seats, plugs everywhere! I hadn't had a Coke since January (when not mixed with bourbon).... Crap. #vacationtho Nice little setup at the Aloft MIA... cheap price, easy Lyft away from the airport, and BOY are they all about the #sesh!! a few beers at the cool little hotel bar, a quick cheap dinner at the Pollo Tropical right next door (yes, that many curry mustard sauces are absolutely necessary, don't judge), and time to get to bed early and get ready to cruise!
  2. Anyone have a recent Fun Times Daily Activity for Sensation ?
  3. Sailed the 5 day Bahamas Cruise on the Sensation, July 2019 ARRIVAL: We flew into Miami Airport, and were able to check in to the ship there. It was quick and convenient, and we only had to go through security once we got to the port. There was virtually no waiting at all 😊 We were on board by 1:30. I was expecting the Lido to be crowded, but it wasn’t bad. We queued up for a Guy’s Burger. The line moved quickly and the burger was still warm. MMMM. Topped it off with a rum punch, and our cruise was in full swing! THE ROOM: Having sailed on other Fantasy Class ships, I was still disappointed when we opened the door to our cabin. The room was small – smaller than the room on the Paradise last year. Gone was the small couch and table where we would eat our Room Service BLT (surprise!! It is just a delicious when you order it at the Deli and eat it in the Lido!). The TV was tiny. There was no refrigerator or hair dryer. The walls were paper thin. I wondered how I hadn’t known this cabin would be so….. lacking. Turns out, not one of those things mattered. We ended up LOVING the ship. The warmth and sincerity of the crew outshone any perceived shortcoming of the room. Our steward, Hamid, came to introduce himself. What a nice man! He was friendly, pleasant, and efficient. I mentioned that the room was a bit warm. He agreed and had a supervisor come check it out immediately. The supervisor said he’d get a technician in right away. By the time we returned from dinner, the AC was humming along at a cool clip. There were no further problems with the air conditioning. ENTERTAINMENT: We enjoyed the musical shows very much. There were 3, and we were able to see them all. After the show, the CD, Deon, moved everyone along to the atrium where we stood around on 5 levels to see him sing, dance and entertain us with a musical trivia contest. He had us all singing, clapping and swaying to the music. It was great fun! We always look forward to the comedy shows and these did not disappoint. Even more than the comedians, the Comedy Club Manager, Andy, was hilarious. We ended a few nights with laughter! Ordered a Kiss on the Lips drink at the show. DELICIOUS! THE PORTS: Honestly, I could go forever without seeing Nassau again, but there it was. We walked through town and stopped at Del Sol to get our granddaughter a cute Tshirt. Then, sweated our way to Senor Frogs, for a cute onesie for the new baby. Always enjoy Senor Frogs. A Security Guard offered me an unusual fruit. You slice open the tough skin with your finger nail and there is a round, juicy, grape like fruit inside. Then, back to the boat for some quiet relaxation while everyone else is ashore. As this was one of our more relaxed cruises, we took time to enjoy watching the boat pull away. We saw the lines loosened and released and got to watch the people running down the pier to get to the boat. 😉 We love Half Moon Cay. It is a perfect, relaxing, fun, beach day. The water is a beautiful, clear, blue. We floated around and then relaxed in a chair until lunch. Of course, that was plenty of time for me to pick up a bright red sunburn ☹ I really enjoy the jerk chicken lunch. We were the only boat there and there was plenty of room to sit and enjoy the food. Then, back to the ship before the crowd. The tenders did a good job. Having been to all our ports several times before, we did not schedule any excursions. Grand Turk was no exception. We wandered through all the stores and found cute little outfits for our grand daughters at Piranha Joe’s. We explored the space capsule memorial and stopped for a creamy, refreshing Pina Colada. We sipped and watched the water from a shady spot. Then, back to the ship to cool off. Grand Turk is HOT. The last day was a Sea Day. We planned on Scrabble in the library, but they did NOT have a game. We enjoyed sitting quietly in the cool Library watching the water. As you get older, different things strike your fancy. On the cruise, it’s almost like discovering new things all the time. We took advantage of the Tshirt sales (we always do), and then donated to the ST Jude’s fund raiser and got another Tshirt. Hubby was happy. FOOD: Of course, we always look forward to eating at Guy’s. I enjoy the Blue Iguana for breakfast and lunch. I tried a delicious breakfast burrito one day, and had huevos rancheros and an areapa (sp?) two other days. I wanted to try the seafood tacos for another lunch, but ran out of time…. So many delicious choices. Also, they have a tasty mango margarita. Ole! The Deli serves a delicious BLT, with fries or potato salad. Never tried the fires, but skip the potato salad. They have pretty good salted caramel cookies at the Deli. My husband had several varieties of Pizza, and seemed to enjoy them all. We liked Our Time Dining and the wait staff was wonderful. We had a different waiter every day and none of them were bad. Our favorite was Nenja. Courteous and accurate. The warm chocolate melting cake never disappoints. Tried some cured salmon (Yum). Had the fruit plate a couple nights. Sweet, ripe delicious fruit every time. One night I had the crème brulee, but it didn’t have that hard sugar shell. Still tasted good…. DEBARKING/CUSTOMS/MIAMI We were a little worried about debarking. Last year the ship we were on had horrible debarking. Handled it completely different from any ship I’d been on before. Sensation was more in line with the other ships and things were going smoothly. On top of that, we booked an excursion for Miami. We took Miami’s 10 Best. It wasn’t the best excursion I’ve ever been on, but it was waaay better than sitting in the airport for hours on end. It was a large, air conditioned bus with a driver and a guide. The guide was quite knowledgeable and pointed out many things throughout the drive. We saw South Beach (from the bus), Little Havana, and Windwood. We got out (and got soaked) in Little Havana. We went to a Cigar shop, a shop giving out Cuban Coffee, and stopped for some ice cream. I had Mango and my husband had very berry. We were both pleased. There was an opportunity to go to restaurants, but we didn’t. We headed to Windwood and were able to get out and view the fresco paintings…grafitti? ISSUES: Booked on a lower deck in an Ocean view, one of our neighbors in an inner room, was a pot smoker. The steward was aware, and I assumed the matter would be addressed. It was not. The neighbors smoked everyday. And it was terrible smelling: like a skunk. The steward sprayed our room with room deodorizer and that helped, but only for THAT instance. I was surprised that the smell would go across the hall. I was also disappointed that Carnival did nothing. Before leaving home we received a form letter from Carnival reminding us that while Marijuana is legal in some states, Carnival goes by Federal law. Therefore, no pot smoking would be tolerated. Of course, NO smoking is tolerated in the rooms...well, I guess they don't really enforce that.... FINALLY, we had a wonderful time on this ship. The crew was absolutely wonderful. They always had time to smile and chat. They didn’t just ask questions, they shared some of their lives with us, too. And while they stopped to smile and chat, don’t think that the ship suffered. It was one of the cleanest ships I have ever been on. Turns out, my only real complaint was the pot smell (and that was more a worry about fire, though the smell was unusually awful). Everything else was less significant compared to all the fun we had. I would sail Sensation again. If you do, I hope you enjoy!
  4. This will seem like a strange question, and I am leaning towards the Sensation ship to take, but thought I would ask. I am needing "4" Port Hole rooms on the same side of the ship, and checking between the Sensation and Horizon. "If???" I am seeing the deck plan right, it doesn't look like there are 4 rooms next to each other on the Horizon ship, only the Sensation. If you have been on the Horizon and know of it having more than 2 Port Hole rooms on one side, please let me know.
  5. We are planning (8 of us) on doing the Sensation ship (yes I know it is an older ship, but things like that don't bother me, as I have been on large/big/medium ships, newer as well) next year. I have heard of the Chef's Table tour (my son and wife did this one and really enjoyed it), but then I just read of the "Behind the scenes tour." If you have done this tour on the Sensation, was it worth booking? Can you give me an idea of what the tour consisted of? If you have done the Chef's tour on the Sensation, was it worth what you paid for the tour?
  6. Considering doing a 5 night cruise on the Sensation in December or possibly another ship. I've just started researching western Caribbean or eastern cruises. Prices through Costco are much better than other lines. I'm aware this is an older ship. I've only been on the Norwegian Sun, so don't have much to compare it to. My partner likes working out. I can see from the website that there are about a thousand treadmills in the gym. Can't really see any ellipticals or bikes, but I imagine those must be similar. Feel free to point me to a FAQ post.
  7. My first cruise was on the Sensation back in August 2015, with my then-fiance (now husband) & a group of friends. It was a Bahamas 4-day to Freeport & Nassau with one sea day, and it was so much fun! We had such an incredible time, that my husband & I knew that we wanted to keep cruising. We went on our second cruise at the end of October 2016 on the Miracle (a Mexico 7-day to Cabo San Lucas & Puerto Vallarta with 3 sea days), and we're now gearing up for our 3rd cruise at the end of May! I know I had written a review of that first cruise & posted a ton of pictures here on Cruise Critic a few months after the cruise, but when I went to look for it to read it again, I couldn't find it 🤨 In any case, I remember that we had such a wonderful time at the ports, on the ship, and with our friends. (Good reason to pull up the digital photo album of that cruise, so that I can reminisce...!) I'm glad my introduction to cruising was on the Sensation, as my experience wasn't full of distractions that all of the mega-ships have today. While the Sensation is an older ship, it has a charm about it that I don't think you can feel or see on the mega-ships. Definitely a good way to "get your feet wet"! We're gearing up for our 3rd cruise at the end of this coming May (only 77 days, as of this posting, til we set sail!), and it happens to be on the Sensation once again. We're going to celebrate my hubby's 40th birthday, and his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew are coming (this will be their first cruise). When we booked it, we selected the cruise based on dates (nephew is out of school for the summer) & ports (we wanted to visit new places), and we didn't bother looking at the ship. Lo and behold, we noticed it was the Sensation! I think this will be a good cruising intro for my in-laws, don't you? I'm excited to see the changes & updates that were made during Sensation's dry dock (hello Blue Iguana & Guy's Burgers!), and compare all of it to when we sailed her back in 2015. I've started looking up recent reviews (from the past 1-2 years), and really appreciate those who post their experiences (good & bad), as well as pictures. The biggest change for us, is that we have our daughter (who will be 2 at the time of sailing) coming with us, so she'll be a first-time cruiser too! (What better time to start building her cruising status, huh? 😊👍 ) Now begins my search for tips on cruising with a toddler, as well as the best things to do in port (Key West & Cozumel) with a toddler! Happy cruising!
  8. We are thinking (8 of us) of doing the Sensation next year. The cruise is only for 5 days. Since we have never really spent any time in Miami, FL, I was wondering if anyone here on the boards could recommend something to see/do while we are there? The reason I say this, we are thinking of going in a day or 2 early before we cruise. The cruise dock in Miami, is it close to a beach or anything else, or do we need to lease a car to do any traveling?
  9. We just returned this past Saturday 6/22 from our 5 Day cruise on the Sensation. This was a cruise that was originally supposed to go to Cuba but the itinerary was changed to Grand Turk. We were in Cabin M126 (Balcony) Ports of Call: Nassau, Half Moon Key and Grant Turk
  10. If you have had a port hole room on the sensation within the last year, was it close to the front of the ship? I know there are normally not too many port hole rooms, but I'm wanting to find at least 4 together. For myself, I find the port hole room is just as good as the window for me. I "think???" it might be a tad cheaper than the regular window, but I am not for sure.
  11. We (8 of us adults) had planned on doing a much larger ship next year, but with so many people on board, we have decided to check out a smaller ship. If you have been on either the Sensation or Sunshine within the past year, would you give me YOUR pros/cons of the ship. I know the ships are not new ship, but there is no problem with that either. 🙂 Also, do these ships have the Serenity area?
  12. If you have been on the Carnival Sensation or Sunrise within the past year, what day (night) is formal night on the 5 day cruise?
  13. I know some of you have responded to a posting I put out earlier, but I had the wrong (Sunshine - I had several responses to the Sunshine ship, but unfortunately that is the name I should have NOT put) ship name, as it should have been Sunrise. Now, my question, if you have been on either the Sunrise or Sensation ship, please give me YOUR opinion of these ships?
  14. Hi. I got an offer that was just too good to pass up for the Carnival Sensation. I'm aware the Sensation is an older ship, and many of these do not have ferrous (magnetic) walls. Does anyone have any first hand experience with a Sensation oceanview cabin? Thanks in advance.
  15. I did what I thought was the impossible! We wanted to take our son away for his 21st birthday, but had to book something that the 16 year old could still participate! So no Vegas, and really no Key West. We were limited on just a few days, since the 21 year old wanted to be with his friends at midnight when turning 21, but classes start 6 days later...so if I didn't get this booked during those few days, it wasn't working. I managed to get it done. Key West and Cozumel! The birthday boy agreed to flying out the night of his birthday!! So YAY! It worked!! I didn't think we would get a cruise this year, but we managed it, and he will back to college in time for his first class of his senior year! So yes, Sensation is old, the 4 of us will be sharing a balcony cabin, we usually try for two different, but we will get that one last trip in before our oldest graduates. The downfall, is now I need to get him on CHEERS!
  16. We leave on the sensation in 15 days just wondering what movies are playing right now
  17. Have they rolled out the new Chef's Table menu to all ships yet? On Sensation in September and wondering which Chef's Table menu we'll be getting. Thanks!
  18. This was my 26th CCL cruise. I cruised with dh and special needs dd I will break down the cruise into categories: Embarkation - Very quick and easy. Got to the port around 10:00, and walked onto the ship at 11:00. Cabin was ready. We walked around getting our bearings, then grabbed lunch at the buffet. I hadn't been on a fantasy-class ship in a while, and was surprised to see how small the buffet food offering stations were. I am so used to Conquest class ships! We did like that there was plenty of seating inside and outside the ship. Cabin - We were in U201. Cabin was clean, and very, very warm when we arrived. Was smaller than the other balcony cabins we have had on other CCL ships. (balcony snobs here) Luckily it cooled down. I am always warm, and dh/dd are always cold. I asked for and got a light blanket from our great steward (Avi) and dh/dd used the comforters on the beds. Our cabin had no sofa - just a queen bed and 2 uppers. Dh bumped his head around a million times on the outhang where the bed above us was stored, and I kept hitting my back on the other bed (at our feet-end) when I had to duck under the upper to get to the bathroom, drawers, door, balcony. At night it was interesting navigating in the dark to the bathroom! I usually bring a flashlight with me, but this time forgot. On Conquest they had installed automatic lights under the desk that would go on when you walked past at night. Might be a good thing for Sensation to do. Dh was not happy the balcony railings/ceiling was all rusted - really did not look great, but I know it is an old ship, and what sea air does to paint. Dining/Food - Always subjective. We are not foodies. We did not starve, but the food was not as good as on other ships. We had anytime dining, which we liked. Sat at table 157 each night with Leslie and his team. They were great. Had my caffeine-free diet coke waiting for me each night without me asking after the first night. Dh liked Guy's Burgers. My dd loves their sauteed onions, and got them each time we ate in the buffet. The pizza had no taste, imho. Deli was fine. What was really interesting to me was that the put the sushi station right outside the casino on a different deck than the rest of the food. Poor planning, imho. Entertainment - Old ship, old shows. Kind of need to be updated. Steel drum guy in atrium good, as was the guitar singer. We have been to love and marriage, hasbro, etc. and did not go. Comedian was good. Did not do any contests, and hung out in Serenity during the day, and casino a bit at night. We were in the cabin by 9:30-10 each night to read and relax. I was in the gym at 6 am each morning, and dh got their by 8 am. Equipment good, but tv's didn't work on most machines. Bring your own music. Ports - Have been to Grand Cayman many times. On this ship they give out tender stickers. Have not had that on any other ship. As we are platinum we did not have to have a tender sticker. Just went down to the tender when ready. We took a van to Royal Palms Beach club. $2 pp to get in, $12 to rent a lounge, $15 for umbrella. (which we did not get) Stayed for 3 hours (was really hot) and went back to ship. Tender back was easy, as there was no line at the time we got there. Cuba - This was the reason we took this cruise, as Cuba has always been on my bucket list. We sweated out the announcement a few weeks ago that the U.S. might shut down tourists visiting Cuba (again) but luckily this did not affect us. The $75 visa charge was put directly on our sail and sign cards the 2nd day. We had heard nightmare stories about the lines going through immigration, money exchange, etc. It seems Carnival has been experimenting with different ways to make this process faster. On our cruise they just started giving out stickers to get off the ship. Call your sticker, and you have 5 minutes to get off. (don't know how strict they were with this.) They began giving out stickers at 6:45 a.m. the morning of Cuba debark. People started lining up around 6:15 am. If you were Platinum or above, the stickers were delivered to your cabin the night before, so you did not have to get on line. We were given group 1. They called our sticker around 7:30, and we got through immigration and money exchange by 8 am!! So easy! We walked 3 minutes to where our independent (private) classic convertible car/walking tour (6 hours long) would meet us, and hung out for 1 hour until our 9 am start. We used Havana Journeys - great reviews on TripAdvisor, and had a fantastic time. Havana must be experienced, imho. If we had booked the same tour through the cruiseline (and it was sold out cause we booked this cruise kind of late for us) it would have cost $149 x 3 of us. Havana Journeys cost us 180 cuc. - a savings of $267. We had brought euros to change to cuc, as we would not be hit with the 12% penalty for exchanging dollars. (When we exchanged back, there is no penalty to get U.S. dollars, so that is what we did.) We tipped the tour guide and car driver very generously. Getting back on the ship was quick and easy after we exchanged our money. For all those classic car enthusiasts out there - we had a 1950 Studebaker champion bullet-nose convertible in bright purple. Was supposedly owned at one time by a famous musician, and was supposedly the only one in Havana. People kept coming up to the car to take pics of it during the whole tour. Debarkation - What a nightmare. We always check our luggage the night before. Kept waiting and waiting for our # to be called. (we were #1) By 9 a.m. we were getting antsy, as they had hardly called any self-debark decks to go. We finally went down to the atrium, and it was a zoo! Lines winding all around, all with people with their luggage. We waited around 15 minutes, and hadn't moved an inch. One of the staff saw my daughter did not look well (it was really hot) and pulled us out of line and took us to the front of the line, where we got off the ship in 5 minutes. Found our luggage quickly, and then the next nightmare - getting through customs. Lines were all over - again, not moving. I have mobile passport, but the system was down in Miami. Luckily a customs worker took mercy on us again, and let us go through the Global Entry line, which also was very long, but much, much shorter than the other line. We were on our way to the airport around 9:45 (cab - no line!) and hung out until our 12:15 flight. Conclusion - I am glad I took this cruise, as it is another item off my bucket list. I only need 20 more sea days until I reach Diamond level on CCL, so there are definitely a few more Carnival cruises in my future. I prefer the "larger" CCL ships, but will not sail on their new "mega-ships", as they are too large for me! We have been switching between CCL and NCL, as NCL seems to have more European cruises to go on at this time, and we are trying to expand our travel boundaries. If you have any questions I will try to answer them. Next up - NCL to Greece in August!
  19. I have attached the Funtimes for all 4 days for Sensation for Bahamas. Day 3 of Nassau is missing the side strip, sorry. I am posting these because I know I am one of those people that wanted just an idea of what was going on before hand. I tried looking for some for 6 months before the cruise and never found anything current. Enjoy! Hope it helps someone! Day 1 Inside.pdf Day 1 Outside.pdf Day 2 Freeport Inside.pdf Day 2 Freeport Outside.pdf Day 3 Nassau Inside.pdf Day 3 Nassau Outside.pdf Day 4 Sea Day Inside.pdf Day 4 Seaday Outside.pdf
  20. Looking for the Funtimes for this 4 day Sensation cruise stops at Key west and Cozumel
  21. Does anyone have recent Key West and Cozumel 5’4 day fun times? And also menus? thanks in advance
  22. Hi all, leaving on a 4 day June 13th. We haven't cruised in almost 2 years and have never done a 4 day. Does anyone have any current menus? What's the chef's table menu look like these days?
  23. Is there a Guys smokehouse on all the ships, specifically the Sensation? Also, is there a deli and if so is it the "updated menu"? Thx!
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